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Hero Arts Water-Color Layering Koi

Hello,

 

I am excited to share today’s card, because I am quite pleased with the results.  Let’s get right to it.

Instead of using all the layers of the Color Layering Koi, I used only two of the layers for two reasons.  First I wanted the base color to be the color of the water color paper which is a creamy white, second, I wanted to paint the colors to avoid the cookie cutter look.  🙂

My process:

  • Place Koi fish frame cut (Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cut) on watercolor paper upside down, trace the outline with pencil.
  • Wet the area with plain water, then drop/paint in corresponding colors in desired areas.  Let dry, stamp the second layer (outline and scale of the Color Layering Koi) with Wet Cement on one fish and Black on the other.  Stamp the last layer (eyes and lip) in Black.  Die cut.  Use marker to add whisker.  Note that the whisker is on the first layer which I skipped, I could have just omit it, but chose to manually add it back. 
  • Stamp water lilies outline with Antique Linen on watercolor paper, paint the center with water colors.  Use a white coloring pencil and color the petals slightly.  Die cut using matching frame cut.
  • For the leaves, paint different shades of green on water color paper.  Let dry.  Stamp the vein in Peeled Paint, then the base layer in Old Paper.  Die cut using matching frame cut.
  • For the base panel, I went the whole piece of card stock ( Elizabeth Craft Design Soft Finish, 85lb) with plain water, then draw circles alternating between two different shades of blue and a bit of green.  Let dry.  Stamp waves in Old Paper and bubbles in Broken China.
  • Stamp ‘hello’ (Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid In a Pot) in Broken China.
  • Adhere base panel to card front, then adhere all the elements as shown.

Here’s a few photos taken during the process.

 

Here’s the “beauty shot”.

 

Our April challenge theme is Getting To Know You (use your favorite Hero Arts products on your projects), and my favorite Hero Arts products are their stamps.  Come join in the fun, you could win a $25 gift card to the store by entering to the challenge.

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

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Supplies:

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Frame Cuts – Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Orchid In A Pot

Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink – Wet Cement

Ranger Distress Ink – Old Paper, Antiuqe Linen, Broken China, Peeled Paint

Daniel Smith Watercolor Sheet

Memento Pigment Ink – Tuxedo Black

white coloring pencil

markers – Dark Grey, Black


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Fresh Herbs Shadow Box with Hero Arts

Happy Wednesday everyone,

 

I am back with another project created for April’s Challenge – Getting to Know you (use your favorite Hero Arts products).  I am using my new favorite set – Fresh Herbs, and to tell you a little bit about me, I like gardening when I am not crafting.  And the idea of today’s project is somewhat related to gardening.  Ever see those raise vegetable/flower bed that is framed by wood in real or in magazine?  I drew my inspiration on that, and made an irregular shape shadow box.

My process:

  • Use sturdy card stock to create open boxes.  Cut correspond card stocks for each box for stamping.  Stamp, heat emboss, color each image.  Adhere to box, arrange and adhere together as shown.  The dimension and colors are listed one by one below.
  • Dill: 3 by 2 1/2 inch, stamp in Crushed Olive, clear heat embossed.
  • Sage: 1 7/8 by 3 inch, stamp in clear, gold heat embossed, filled with watercolor.
  • Mint: 2 by 2 inch, stamp in Bundled Sage, clear heat embossed, filled with watercolor.
  • Parsley: 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch, stamp in Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive, clear heat embossed, filled with watercolor.
  • Rosemary: 2 by 3 inch, stamp in Peeled Paint, clear heat embossed.
  • Bay: 3 by 2 inch, stamp in clear, gold heat embossed, filled with watercolor.
  • Basil: 2 by 2 inch, stamp in Lime Green, clear heat embossed, filled with watercolor.
  • Thyme: 3 by 2 inch, stamp in Field Green, clear heat embossed.
  • To embellish, I use an old digital stamp set from Hero Arts and created paper pieced rain boots, gardening tools and watering can.

Here’s a look of it after I pin it up on my wall.

 

Our April challenge theme is Getting To Know You (use your favorite Hero Arts products on your projects).  Come join in the fun, you could win a $25 gift card to the store by entering to the challenge.

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

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Supplies:

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Fresh Herbs

Ranger Distress Ink  – Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Bundle Sage

Hero Arts Ink Cube – Amy’s Shades of Green

Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Vintage Metallic

Memento Pigment Ink – Tuxedo Black

clear embossing ink

clear embossing powder

gold embossing powder


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Hero Arts Fresh Herbs Postcard

Hi,

 

I am not very clever playing with words, but sometimes when all the elements present themselves, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, could I?

 

 

So what do you think?

My process:

  • Use Hero Arts Nesting Postage Stamps Infinity Dies (second largest size from the set) and die cut a kraft postage stamp shape panel.
  • Mask and stamp “Carte Postale” and dotted lines in black.
  • User black marker and draw vertical line down middle of panel.
  • Stamp thyme from Hero Arts Fresh Herbs set twice in Bundled Sage, let dry.  Stamp again in clear embossing ink, heat emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Adhere a real canceled postage stamp to panel.
  • Stamp “Thinking of You” and postmark (from Untitled Postmark) in Vintage Photo.
  • Stamp sentiment (“It’s” from Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages, “thyme” from Hero Arts Fresh Herbs, “Let’s Chat” from Altenew Coffee Love) in Vintage Photo.
  • Stamp letter with heart (from Hero Arts Love by Lia) in Barn Door.
  • Poke two small holes on base of thyme bundle, thread red and white twine and tie knot.
  • Adhere the kraft panel on white card base.

Our April challenge theme is Getting To Know You (use your favoirte Hero Arts products on your projects), and my favorite Hero Arts products are their stamps.  Come join in the fun, you could win a $25 gift card to the store by entering to the challenge.

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Fresh Herbs

Hero Arts Nesting Postage Stamps Infinity Dies

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Love by Lia

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Many Birthday Messages

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Carte Postale

Altenew Clear Stamp – Coffee Love

Ranger Distress Ink  – Barn Door, Vintage Photo

Memento Pigment Ink – Tuxedo Black

White embossing powder

clear embossing ink


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Waterlilies from the Color Layering Koi set

Hello crafty friends,

 

Today I made a tag featuring the Waterlilies from the Hero Arts Color Layering Koi stamp set.  At first I thought the flowers may be too small, but in the end it turned out just fine.

 

My process:

  • Trim white card stock into 3 1/4 by 5 1/5 in tag.  Use inking tool and sponge Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, and Milled Lavender to create a soft background.
  • Layer Hero Arts Delicate Petals Stencil on top of inked tag.  Spread thin layer of white embossing paste, remove stencil and let dry.
  • On white card stock, ink and stamp waterlilies, and lily pads.  Die cut using Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cuts.
  • Color flower center using Copic markers.
  • Stamp sentiment from same set on vellum strips using Jet Black StazOn ink.
  • Adhere waterlilies, lily pads, and sentiment on tag as shown.
  • Tie bow using strip of white soft tulle.

 

I think the embossed background provides a nice backdrop of the waterlilies.

There is still plenty time to play, pull out your favorite stencils and join in the March challenge – Playing With Stencils.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.  Just remember to use some Hero Arts products such as stamps, stencil, die cut, digi stamps on your project.

For the month of March there is a second way to enter to win a $25 gift card to the store.  That is by comment on any of the March blog post.  One comment on each post, the more post you comment on the more chances to win.  

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi

Hero Arts Color Layering Koi Frame Cuts

Hero Arts Stencil – Delicate Petals

Hero Arts Ombre Ink – Light to Dark Purple, Pink and Red

Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China, Chipped Saphhire, Milled Lavender, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive

Copic Marker – Y15,Y17

White embossing powder

Clear embossing powder

StazOn Ink – Jet Black

White embossing paste


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Love Swirls You and Me

Happy Sunday everyone,

 

I have created a card using the Hero Arts Love Swirls Stencil today.  The pattern on the stencil is already very vibrant and I don’t want to hide it too much, so just added a sentiment on vellum.  Let’s take a look.

My process:

  • Place 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch white card stock on stencil, centering it and secure with washi tape.  (Note that the stencil is 5 1/4 by 6 1/2, larger than the quarter fold size.  So this stencil would be great for a larger layout.)
  • Flip the stencil over, use inking tool and sponge Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon onto paper as shown.
  • Remove stencil.  Heat emboss the image with clear EP.
  • Stamp and heat emboss in white the sentiment from the Hero Arts Love by Lia clear stamp set on vellum strip longer than 4 1/4 in.
  • Draw lines on edges of vellum using white gel pen.
  • Fold both ends of vellum and tuck behind the stenciled panel, secure with tape.
  • Round corner of stenciled panel and adhere to white card base.
  • Embellish with sequins.

 

Isn’t this stencil gorgeous?!  I hope I’ve inspired you to join in our March challenge – Playing With Stencils.  You could win a $25 gift card to the store.

For the month of March there is a second way to enter to win a $25 gift card to the store.  That is by comment on any of the March blog post.  One comment on each post, the more post you comment on the more chances to win.  

Remember when shopping at the a2z store, use my code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.  If you don’t find the item in the store, just click the blue Request Custom Order button on the left side bar.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and be the first to know about our special news and promotions.

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Clear Stamp – Love by Lia

Hero Arts Stencil – Love Swirls

Hero Arts Pigment Ink – Unicorn

Ranger Distress Ink – Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon

White embossing powder

Clear embossing powder

white gen pen

Little Things from Lucy’s Cards sequin mix – Fruit Sorbet


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Hero Arts Orchid Branches Red

Hello everyone,

 

It’s Cindy.  I use this month’s challenge theme: Any Shade of Red as my inspiration of today’s card.  It’s a fairly simple card, except I use partial die cutting to add dimension.  You could consider it a one layer card with an attitude!  😀

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My process:

  • On white card stock, ink and stamp the orchid branch from Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid in a Pot set in a pleasing composition in various shades of Red.
  • Stamp sentiment in black.
  • Distress with Spun Sugar all around.
  • Use matching frame cut and partial die cut at various length of the branches.
  • Layer and adhere red color paper on card base.
  • Add foam adhesive behind partial die cut branches with various thickness, the most thick at the tip of the branch, less closer to the base.
  • Adhere orchid panel to card.  Remove backing of foam tape from branches and adhere to card.  Slightly curl the flower petal to create more dimension.

Here’s a closer look.

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The Orchid in a Pot stamp set is still available at the a2z store.  Also new items from the 2017 Catalog are available.  Go shopping and use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

And come join in this month’s challenge:  Any Shade of Reds.  Use some shade of red and Hero Arts products such as stamp, stencil, digital stamps, die cut as main focal point.   And you could win a $25 gift card to the store.

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Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!

 

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid in a Pot

Hero Arts Orchid in a Pot Frame Cuts

Hero Arts Amy’s Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Hero Arts Jayne’s Fall Colors Ink Cubes

Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pink to Red

Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink Red Royal

Memento Dye Ink Tuxedo Black

SSS Dye Ink Teeny Bikini

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door, Spun Sugar)


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Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print duet

Hi,

 

Cindy here to share a couple cards featuring the Hero Art Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print stamp.  This stamp is great for any celebration theme card.

 

First up is a card that could be both an invitation or birthday, depends on how you write up the inside.

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My process:

  • On white card base, use inking tool and sponge edges and center of card with Barn Door.
  • Ink Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkles Bold Print cling stamp using various ColorBox Pigment Ink randomly, stamp on white card stock slightly smaller than card base in length, and clear heat emboss.
  • Position ‘party’ (from the 2016 Dec My Monthy Hero Kit) die cut in center of stamped panel, die cut.  *Remember to keep the small piece of the letter ‘a’.
  • Stamp with black and clear heat emboss “let’s” on ‘sprinkle’ panel.
  • Use foam adhesive and mount ‘sprinkle’ panel onto card base, along with the small piece of the letter ‘a’.
  • On white card stock stamp, color, and die cut cake, candle, and mask.  Clear heat emboss all three pieces.
  • Adhere to card front as shown.

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I really like how it turned out.  You may notice some parts of the image is not well coated with ink, but that’s okay because it adds a little visual dimension.  After all when you throw a bunch of sprinkles up in the air, you don’t see each pieces clearly right?!  🙂

My second card is a CASE of Jennifer McGuire’s Easy Ombre Backgrounds card except I added silver glitter tape on both edge of card base.  To conform to this month’s challenge: Any Shades of Reds, both my cards has Barn Door as a predominate color.

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The Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkle Bold Print stamp is available at the a2z store, get yours today.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!  And I hope you’d join in this month’s challenge!

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Sweet Sprinkle Bold Print

Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages Clear Stamp

My Monthly Hero Kit (Dec 2016)

Ranger Distress Ink (Barn Door)

ColorBox Pigment Ink – Cat’s Eye Queue Jelly Bean

coloring pencils

Clear embossing ink

Clear embossing powder

 


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Shaker Card with Hero Arts Stamp and Cut – Love

Hello,

 

Cindy here to share a shaker card for January’s Challenge  Anything Goes.

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Believe it or not, I got some very pretty sequins mixes sitting on my desk since November.  I don’t know why I didn’t use it earlier!!  LOL

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My process:

  • Arrange all the stamps from the Hero Arts You Are My Happy clear set to fit a 4 1/8 by 5 3/8 inch purple panel.  Stamp and heat emboss in white.
  • Die cut using the large heart die from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut So Sorry set.
  • Adhere acetate on back side of purple panel.  Please foam tape all around.
  • Trim white card stock slight smaller than purple panel.  Use inking tool and sponge Spun Sugar over Hero Arts Delicate Petals Stencil onto it to create soft background.
  • Place purple panel upside down, fill with sequins mix, peel off backing paper from foam tape; adhere stenciled panel pattern side down.  Press to ensure all sides are sealed.
  • Adhere shaker panel onto white card base.
  • Die cut Love from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Love set using each purple card stock and pale mauve card stock.
  • Glue pale mauve panel slightly offset onto the purple one.  Adhere on top of card.

 

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You may not see all of the products I used in the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies store, but you could always make a Custom Order, just click the Request Custom Order on the left side bar.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!

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Supplies:

 

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut So Sorry

Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Love

Hero Arts Clear Stamp You Are My Happy

Hero Arts Stencil Delicate Petals

Ranger Distress Ink (Spun Sugar)

Hero Arts Pigment Ink (Unicorn)

white embossing powder

Little Things from Lucy’s Card sequins (Lucky Dip Mix)

 

 


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Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair Birthday Cupcake

Hello,

How are you enjoying the new year?  It’s the beginning of a brand new year, do you have any particular cards you’d want to make first?  I do, birthday cards.  One could never have too many birthday cards on hand right?

I used the Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair on my card today.  The Star stencil for the background, and the Cloud stencil for the frosting of my cupcake.

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My process:

  • Place Star stencil over white CS and secure; press clear embossing ink all over.  Remove stencil and heat emboss with Gold Glitter EP.
  • Place Cloud stencil over white CS and secure; spread embossing paste over, lift stencil and sprinkle Diamond Glitter powder over embossing paste.  Shake off excess, let dry.  Furbish using bone folder.  Trim closely.
  • Die cut cake stand (from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Birthday set) using Gold Foil paper.  Stamp and cut candle from same set.
  • Die cup cake (coffee cup sleeve from Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cut) using recycle coffee cup.
  • Stamp birthday day banner (from Happy Birthday Calendar) and trim banner with scissors.
  • Assemble and adhere all elements as shown, then onto yellow card base.

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The Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair is great for both background and focal point, don’t you think?  Get yours at the store today.  Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!  And I hope you’d join in this month’s challenge!

anything-goes

 

Supplies:

Hero Arts Sky Stencil Pair

Hero Arts Amy’s Shades of Green Ink Cubes

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit – MH1216

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag Frame Cuts

Hero Arts Stamp And Cut Birthday

Hero Arts Wooden Stamp – Happy Birthday Calendar

Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black

Clear embossing powder

cindya2zscrapbooking


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Hero Arts Floral Heart Cookie List

Hello everyone,

 

Are you ready for Christmas/holiday season?   In many years past no matter how ready I think I am there’s always some last minute things that pop up or require my attention.  LOL.   So lately I’ve learn to take things easy and try not too hard to control everything.  However I do bake Christmas cookies every year (since many years), and when I give them away I’d like to include a little list or a tag to indicate what they are.  This year I’ve decided to use a non-holiday theme die cut to make that tag/list.

 

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My process:

  • Die cut floral hearts with red card stock using the cutting die from the Hero Arts Floral Heart Stamp and Cut set.
  • Use one of the die cut piece as guide/pattern, trace and fussy the backing using white card stock.
  • Stamp dotted line on white die cut pieces.
  • Cut half inch wide fishtail banners using white card stock.
  • Use gold gel pen and write sentiment on banners.
  • Stamp holly leaves from the Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag in Crush Olive and die cut.
  • Write cookie names on white backing pieces.
  • Score backing diagonally on left top corner.
  • Apply a tiny bit of glue on top of score line of white backing, place floral heart on top and glue together.
  • Glue fishtail banner on top of floral heart, add holly leave embellished with red art gem.
  • Use pierce tool and poke a hole on top left, thread gold color ribbon thru and tie.

Voila, it doesn’t take too long to make these and you could mass produced.  Also they could be used as place cards since they stand at an interesting angle!  🙂  Just write the person’s name on the banner, and leave the inside blank (or write a personal message).  You can still get the Floral Heart Stamp and Cut at the store.   Use code Cindy15 to get 15% off any purchases $25 and more (shipping excluded) at check out.

There is still time to join in our December Challenge – Anything But a Card.  Click the “Current Monthly Challenge” button at the top bar to get details.

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Remember we are also on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these different social media outlets to get the latest news!!

cindya2zscrapbooking

Supplies:

Hero Arts Floral Heart Stamp and Cut

Hero Arts Coffee Cup Tag

Hero Arts mid-tone shadow ink – Wet Cement

Gold gel pen

Red art gem